4 thoughts on “Vaccine-preventable outbreaks

  1. Doc says:

    In August, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report revealing more than 41,000 Europeans contracted measles during the first half of 2018 and at least 37 have died as a direct result of the disease in the worst outbreak to hit the continent in years – which IFLScience covered at the time. Now, experts tell NBC, the United States should probably start preparing for the same.
    In a population of a little more than 742 million, 41,000 might not sound like a lot but it highlights a disturbing trend. To put it into perspective, there were just 5,273 cases of measles in Europe during the whole of 2016. This means there has been a jump of more than 700 percent in just two years – and that’s not even taking into consideration the second half of the year.
    The reason why is not surprising but it is depressing, and it is exactly why the US should be worried. https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/a-measles-outbreak-is-sweeping-europe-the-us-should-prepare-for-the-same-medics-say/all/ Because measles is relatively rare in the U.S., many Americans have no idea of the disease’s frightening impact and its stunning contagiousness.

  2. Hosea 8:7 says:

    (2/11/19): Measles outbreaks in New York and Washington state have public health officials scrambling to contain a disease that was eliminated in the United States nearly two decades ago. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/02/11/measles-spread-anti-vaccination-communities-new-york-clar-county-washington/2812667002/ Nearly one in four kindergarten students during the 2017-18 school year did not get all their immunizations, according to data from the Washington Department of Health. At three schools in the county, more than 40 percent of kindergartners did not receive all recommended shots before starting school. “When you have large numbers of unimmunized people and you introduce measles into that population, it’s like putting a lighted match into a can of gasoline,” said Alan Melnick, Clark County’s public health director. “It will just spread pretty quickly.”
    (2/10/19): Hundreds rally to support vaccine exemptions in Washington state despite measles outbreak https://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/2019/02/hundreds-turn-out-to-oppose-removing-vaccine-exemptions-in-washington-state-despite-measles-outbreak.html
    (CDC: Measles Cases in 2019) https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html “These outbreaks [Washington and New York states, New York City] are associated with travelers who brought measles back from Israel and Ukraine, where large measles outbreaks are occurring.”

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